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Western Michigan University Aviation student in plane crash that kills 3 family members


OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN (WKZO) -- A plane crash in Southeast Michigan has left four family members dead, including the young pilot who reportedly studied Aviation at Western Michigan University.

Oakland County International Airport officials say the rental plane made it about 100 feet in the air before 19-year old pilot Troy Brothers of Fraser radioed he was having trouble and attempted to make it back to the airport.

Brothers suggested the plane may have been overloaded. The Cessna 172 aircraft had the four people on board when it took off around 1:40 Friday afternoon.

Just seconds later the plane went down and flipped over, killing Brothers.  Also killed in the crash was his 58-year-old stepdad James Haley, and his brother-in-law, 34-year-old Jamie Jose. His 53-year-old mother Sandra Haley died later at the hospital,

The Free Press reported that Brothers,  in addition to his school work at W.M.U.,  had recently learned of his acceptance to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and the family had hosted a going away party for him two weeks ago.

The  National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.